56. A Year with No TV
Starting in February 2009, broadcasts of all TV
will be digital, replacing current analog signals. For
who have cable or satellite TV, this is
non-issue, because their reception will not be affected.
people who use rabbit ears or outside antennas
’t be able to receive the new digital signals.
’ll have to buy a converter for each TV,
will cost about $50 each. For Chris, that
Instead, Chris was simply going to
his two TVs away to a thrift shop.
he would wait until the prices went way
on digital tuner TVs, and buy one when
price was right. He loaded the TVs into
The lady at the thrift shop wasn’t
at first. She changed her mind when he
that they were only 13” TVs, and that
worked perfectly. He was relieved when she accepted
. Had she not, he would have had to
them at a hazardous waste facility, which meant
in line, in his car, for hours on
Chris got home feeling good. Now he was
to enjoy at least a year of no
. The “idiot box” was a good name for
waste of electricity. He felt like a new
for having got rid of his two TVs.
Donna called that night, he proudly told her
news. Donna, whose native language was Chinese, was
“What do you mean, you have no
?” she yelled over the phone. “How are you
to teach me anything when I call to
you about new vocabulary on the 11 o’clock
?” She had a few more things to say.
sighed. When she finished, he promised her he
buy a new digital TV the very next day.